Clearing and Cleaning for the Year to Come

One of my fondest memories of the year I spent teaching English in rural Japan back in the 1980s was New Years. I was a recent College graduate with minimal preparation for being dropped into a part of Japan that was still quite traditional in mores and cultural patterns. My first New Year’s surprise happened […]

Honoring the Mountain, Honoring the Water

Imagine partying non-stop for a month, as a sacred act. That’s what goes on throughout much of the Ecuadorian Andes starting on the summer solstice. In a tradition that extends back to long before the Inca in this part of the globe, communities and villages celebrate Inti Raymi, or the sun festival long and hard. […]

RETELLING OUR STORIES

Stories – personal and collective – have so much power. The stories that we tell about ourselves and about our families and communities can move us towards healing, or away from it. Because of the power of these stories, a power we are too often unaware of, most of us have tales that are untold, […]

Apu Mt. Monadnock

In the central Andes, where the second highest mountain chain makes their imposing presence viscerally felt, the indigenous people have since time immemorial venerated their mountain peaks. Quechua-speakers (the language of the Inca Empire) call them Apus. Certain Apus are designated sacred mountain peaks, based upon teachings of the wise ones. Typically these sacred Apus […]

A TALE OF TWO CITIES – Published in the Monadnock Shopper February 2013

I write from Manchester.  Manchester England.  The town for which the largest city in New Hampshire is named.  Perhaps more importantly Manchester, England is where the industrial revolution began.  Here in this midland city mechanized textile mills were first introduced; cotton grown by slaves from the south of the United States and elsewhere was turned […]

My monthly newspaper article: “THE WISDOM OF ANDEAN INTERCULTURAL EDUCATION”

THE WISDOM OF ANDEAN INTERCULTURAL EDUCATION Seven years ago, the Intercultural University Amawtay Wasi (UIAW) of Ecuador was accredited by the Ecuadorian government and began to offer courses. Through those coincidences of life that feel more like synchronicities, I happened to be on my first visit to Ecuador right around this date, and spent several […]